May 26, 2017 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
May Lecture Series
The Impact of Addiction on Men and Overcoming the Road Blocks to Recovery
Speaker: Steve Herndon, CACII, CCS
Date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Registration 8:30 – 9 a.m.
Program runs from 9 – 12 p.m.
Continuing Education Credit: 3 CEU
Lakeview Health (True North Conference Center)
1900 Corporate Square Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Society has long told men how to act and feel. Men have been told to not show emotions which can result in being alexithymic and to figure things out for themselves which impacts relational health. This has resulted in men struggling with a move away from treating masculinity as an internal trait that can be measured, to viewing masculinity as something people “do” or perform. This model expects men to exhibit different presentations of masculinity over a course of time and in different cultural context. Therefore, this interaction with addiction thrives and is philosophically nonsense, especially in men. As a former NFL football player and a person in long-term recovery (10 yrs.), Mr. Herndon will share his experience, strength and hope. As he tells his story, the barriers and roadblocks regarding masculinity and addiction will be discussed. The basic core values of surrender, faith, willingness, purpose and grace are the cornerstone to men finding long-term recovery. The philosophy behind these core values and the ongoing journey will be presented and understood by the conclusion of the presentation.
- Understand a model of masculinity and its impact on developing addiction through a compelling personal struggle by a former NFL player.
- Grasp and understand the road blocks men face in finding recovery.
- Learn core values that men need to find recovery.
- Lean how to teach men the importance of Taking Action in Recovery.
About the Speaker:
Steve Herndon, CACII, CCS
Steve Herndon serves as president and co-founder of Safety Net Recovery, a structured sober living community for men. Steve’s commitment to sobriety and helping others is unrivaled except for his long-time partner, Taylor Hagin. Together in 2009, they formed Safety Net Recovery where they and a team of professional counselors provide support, structure and guidance to each client, giving them the best opportunity to learn and practice the spiritual principles of recovery. Steve is licensed as a Level II Certified Addiction Counselor (CACII) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). A talented public speaker, Steve shares his personal journey to recovery to motivate others to achieve their best.
Steve is a born leader. In 1999, while attending and playing football for the University of Georgia, he was elected team captain. Steve’s dedication on the field also earned him the Leon Farmer Strength and Conditioning award, given annually to the player whose commitment to the strength and conditioning program results in a significant contribution to the football team. Off the football field, his academic eff orts earned him recognition as an Academic All-American and a three-time Academic All-SEC. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business education, his talent on the gridiron led him to a six-year career in the NFL, playing offensive line for the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons.
Steve is no stranger to addiction, and is in recovery himself. His recovery journey began in the heady days of college football and ultimately culminated in a failed mandatory drug test during his time in the NFL. Steve initially declined treatment, and it was not until a close friend entered rehab that he decided to pursue a sober life.
Once he committed to getting clean, he gave it everything he had. After completing treatment, where he met his future-business-partner, Taylor, he trained as an addiction counselor, and went on to become the executive director of Third Step Recovery. Steve’s own struggle to achieve and maintain his recovery from the grip of addiction now influences his work at Safety Net Recovery. In 2016, Steve received the prestigious 40 Under 40 award (given by the University of Georgia Alumni Association), a recognition of outstanding and successful graduates from the University of Georgia. Steve lives in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife and three children.
If you have any questions or concerns about this event, please contact Donna Mahacek at 904-513-5823 or [email protected]